Georgia Unemployment Guide

Updated : March 24th, 2023

If you are unemployed and based in Georgia, you should check out the resource article published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution online edition. Here is a summary and refer to article source for all the details

How to apply for unemployment in Georgia:

Georgia Department of Labor Career Centers: Directory by City: Where Atlanta job seekers can apply for unemployment benefits

FAQ for Georgia unemployment benefits

Once registered for unemployment benefits in Georgia, you can claim benefits online

Three requirements for Georgia unemployment benefits (per Georgia Department of Labor):

* Filer must have earned enough money in base period (In Georgia, this is defined as the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed at the time you file your claim) to set up a claim.
* Your unemployment status must be through no fault of your own.
* You must be able to work, be seeking work and make yourself available for work on a weekly basis while collecting unemployment benefits.

What to bring when filing Georgia unemployment benefits:

* Social security card
* Separation notice from employer
* Names and addresses of your employers for the last 18 months, with the dates you worked at each place.
* Proof of immigration status if you are not a citizen of the United States.
* If you want to apply for direct deposit of your unemployment insurance benefits, bring a check with your account number and your bank’s routing number.
* For former Military/Government members only: If you separated from the military in the last 18 months, bring DD214 Member 4. If you worked for the federal government in the last 18 months, bring Standard Form 50 and Standard Form 8. If you do not have Standard Form 50, please bring a W-2 form or pay stubs and your wages will be estimated.

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  1. I am a grandmother, 61 years old. I have worked since I was 16, and never without a job in all those years. I have worked for a company for nearly 9 years, and I was terminated for reasons I do not understand, but I truly believe having to do with my expertise and experience and challenging a situation which was unfair. Other than that, I just did my job and produced for this company for years, keeping to myself and doing a good job, with the exception of a situation which I deemed to be unfair. I am having trouble getting unemployment set up. I am raising my 10-year-old grandson and really want to be able to provide for him.

    • Hi, Tamara – you’ll really need to speak with someone in the Georgia unemployment division so that you can share the specifics of your case. Ultimately, the key issue in your eligibility will be whether you can show that you lost employment through no fault of your own. If your company says otherwise, it will be tricky. Without the details of the situation, it’s hard to make a guess as to your eligibility, but if you can share those details with someone in Georgia’s unemployment system, they likely can provide additional guidance.

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